Awards: Closing in on the finish line

With five days to go until polls close for this year’s Annual Awards, provisional results attest to a fiercely fought contest – where several outsiders look set to win their first trophy.

Heads may still be aching from last week’s celebrations, yet at Infrastructure Investor the New Year has already delivered a fair number of surprises.

Less than a week before our Annual Awards 2013 reach their conclusion, a number of outsiders have taken a firm lead in their respective categories – and have a worthy win within reach. Yet much remains to be played for, and you are still welcome to cast your vote by following this link.

The Global PPP Transaction of the Year category, for example, shows one contender clearly in pole position. Yet the shortlist featured a strong line-up, from innovative debt structures and landmark hospital deals to two of the largest public-private partnerships in history.

Another such category is Global Deal of the Year, where the final result could well surprise a few industry observers. In any case, the contest has much to say about the increasingly wide array of opportunities available to investors, with shortlisted entries spanning gas distribution, ports and airports.

Many trophies remain up for grabs, however. The two leading contenders in the Fund Manager category share an exact same proportion of the vote – further underlining, if need be, that the year was rich in achievement for a number of players.

Equally, while there is a clearer frontrunner in the Investor of the Year category, it has too narrow a lead to feel certain of its victory. A similar picture emerges in most of the Law Firm and Bank categories as well as in the regional Deal, Fund Manager and Developer contests.

Conventional wisdom says that slow and steady wins the race. No doubt this is true in most aspects of infrastructure investing – but when it comes to this years’ Awards, it seems that many a win could still be clinched by a last-minute sprint.